The Venice Sailing program has been active with pursuit and buoy racing since our season started. With the help of our Venice sailors we have just about completed our spring sailing events. We still have the end of season regatta coming up May 16 & 17, which will determine the winners of the buoy and distance series of racing. Awards will be presented at the VYC on Sunday at the after race party. Some of our fleet have also participated with Sarasota Sailing Sq, Bradenton YC and St Petersburg YC races up in the Tampa Bay area during this season.

 As we have all heard Jim Liston (Cat's Meow) has been riding a very strong and ugly hurricane/cancer. We all miss our great racing friend. We wish Jim and his family the best.

We are seeing a lot of close competition among our sailors now with 2 olson 30's ,Regan e, Rolf Hahn and LULU, Bob Jensen . They are good ,light, fast boats and very interesting to watch on the water.

 We now have 2 O'Day 28's , Opalina , Lou Salhany, and Irish Wake , Gerry Cashion, these boats pretty much compete with each other as well as staying competitive with all the bigger boats.
 
 Flash, John Lynch's Morgan, has been gaining much in the win column with the use of his spinnaker and the good training his crew has gotten through John in using the spinnaker. Flash has also been keeping times and helping with our race program in many ways from rabbit to notifying our sailors. Fruition, Bill Gately's Palmer Johnson 42, has been making the rounds with wins up in St Petersburg, YC in the classic boat race and participated in the St Pete to Mexico race (more on that race later). Overall Bill has been in the lead on a lot of our local races and seems to be in a good position for the end of season finals. Fruition continues to help set up the racing buoys and courses for our events.

 Blew Bayou, Howard Price, seemed to be the smallest boat in the fleet but seems to have kept her in the win column pretty much all season. Sweet Betty, Bob Shapiro, has been getting his sailboat to perform better in every race he has participated in. Keep on trucking Bob.

 Be ready to see Summer Time's new owner Otis Conway, back on the race course this fall season, with his repairs completed he is ready to compete.

 We are very fortunate to have such a great sailing area on which to compete . Hope to see everyone out on the water next season enjoying our wonderful Gulf. 

 Norm Sooy.

VSS Acting Racing Captain